RV specialist Hymer has launched a smarthone app at its press conference today that fully integrates with its new and now fully ‘connected’ B class camper.
The camper is built on Mercedes-Benz architecture and Hymer is the first RV firm to be allowed full access to MB’s electronics. The famous camper firm has been able to turn the humble hands-on camper into a high tech connected mobile home. Bluetooth and cloud network data connections are possible and the user through their phone can activate and monitor a vast amount to of the vehicle’s controls and systems. Basically anything in the camper that has an electronic component or sensor can be seen and interacted with via a ‘mobile’ phone – mobile phone as in mobile home – see what I did there ;-).
Users can be informed of water levels – both fresh and grey (dirty) or be alerted if the fridge door is open. You can switch off and on lights and even adjust the light temperature to affect the mood. If the RV is tampered with the user will get an alert or if it gets too windy for the satellite dish, a warning can be issued and the dish lower itself remotely. Future tech can be added to the system also. At the heart of the system is a new digital interface that replaces many of the old analogue/hard-wired systems of old. Sadly you will still have to empty the loo manually!
The degree to which automation and information can be done remotely via the app is astonishing and it will make life so much easier on the road – although for many hardened campers they may lament the need to be skilled in camper use and think the using the clever app is cheating. The Hymer Connect app comes on line in early 2021